Archives for July 2014

2 cars found in the Black River in LaCrosse

When we were on the Black River searching for Shalim Shahjehan Augustine, we found several other items of interest. It’s common for us to see items on the side scan sonar imaging that are interesting and clearly out of place with the bottom of the river or lake. The water is a dumping grounds for so many items that people decide to dispose of.

Scanning the river near a boat launch along the Clinton Street bridge we saw a large object. It was unclear exactly what the item was but it was obviously big; possibly a boat. It didn’t give an image a car typically will. As you can see from the photos the top of the vehicle has deteriorated. This is why the sonar image was a questionable.

Bruce’s Legacy located the objects and gave the location information to the LaCrosse Dive Unit. They wanted to do the recovery of the vehicles. We traveled to LaCrosse so we could see what we had found with the sonar.

We were told it was an old Chevy van last registered in 1981. Dated too far back for there to be an active record of the owner. It’s possible this is Scooby Doos’ Mystery Machine.

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The second car we located was underneath an old paddle boat parked along the river bank at Copeland Park. It was upside down, laying on its roof with the front of the vehicle facing the shore line.

Pulling the second car out posed some challenges in part of a steep wall and shoreline with large boulders. We waited around for several hours while they attempted to pull the vehicle out of the water. Unfortunately so much time had passed while they struggled to extract the vehicle, we decided to leave as it was getting late into the evening. Hopefully we will have some photos of the second car to post and share.

Here is a link to video while there….http://www.news8000.com/news/van-car-found-at-bottom-of-river/27102452

 

Joe Zurnieden Missing

Katy Zurnieden understandably wants to find her missing husband Joe Zurnieden who has been missing since July 1st.

“I was talking to him. I was concerned that he didn’t have a lunch with him that day, so I said, ‘Let me know where you are and I’ll bring you lunch. Me and the girls will bring you lunch,’ and I didn’t hear from him again,” she recalled. “He goes for walks to clear his mind,” she said. “He would say that he didn’t want to do all of his work in his fan. He liked to find beautiful spots to just think.”

Zurnieden was last seen at his home at about 6 a.m. on July 1. The vehicle he was driving was located in the area of 26th Avenue and Marshall Street in northeast Minneapolis on July 3, and his wife says his sudden disappearance is very out of character for the father of two.

Keith and Scott with Bruce’s Legacy will be using the side scan sonar and rov today to search the Mississippi River near Minneapolis for Joe.

Joe Zurnieden Missing Bruce's Legacy

Shalim Shahjehan Augustine found in the Black River near LaCrosse

Shalim Shahjehan Augustine was found in the Black River Friday evening after his body was seen floating by a boater. Augustine had been boating with co-workers from Huck Finn’s on the Water on Tuesday evening. Police said he had been drinking, but did not know whether he was drunk.

After docking near Powerhouse Marine, Augustine told his friends he planned to walk to his home on the South Side. He was reported missing Wednesday evening after he missed a bartending shift.

Bloodhounds tracked his scent across Clinton Street to just north of the La Crosse Loggers field in Copeland Park, where the trail ended. This placed him down river from the dock near Powerhouse Marine.

Keith and Scott used the side scan sonar between the area Shalim was last seen walking and the dock he exited the boat from. Oddly, Shalim’s body was found up river about a mile from the boat dock he used to get off the river. While Keith and Scott were scanning the area, Shalim was found by the boater.

501 (c) (3) Status Approved!

Bruce’s Legacy has been approved by the IRS as a recognized charitable organization! As many may know, the approval process can be daunting but fortunately we have crossed that finish line. Now we can continue focussing on our path of helping people.

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Tainter Lake capsized boat leads to unnecessary searching for crews

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Several different crews and individuals had been searching for a missing boater when a capsized boat was found on Tainter Lake in Wisconsin. The Dunn County Sheriffs department has confirmed the identity of a Boyceville man as the owner of the boat found capsized in Tainter Lake on July 4th.

Jacob Wyss of Boyceville claimed the 12′ jon boat was his after he was contacted by the sheriffs dept. Monday, July 7th. Wyss claims he didn’t leave the boat capsized and doesn’t know how the boat ended up where it was found.

Bruce’s Legacy put in several hours on the water Sunday, July 6th to aid in the search of a potential missing subject. Keith Cormican, Nick Gebhardt and Dave Whitehouse used the side scan sonar to scan the area of Tainter Lake where the boat had ben found.

Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith and crew were an absolute pleasure to work with. It’s unfortunate they are put in a position to look for someone that isn’t actually missing. It’s deplorable if it’s found this gentleman is untruthful regarding his knowledge of his capsized boat.  The amount of effort, expense and mental drain exhausted on these scenarios may seem routine to the general public but that’s far from the truth. Almost every search we’ve been on has included firemen, police, emts’, volunteers etc who while NOT on duty, still feel obligated or a desire to help aid recovery efforts.

Fortunately no life was lost and the searchers were all safe at the end of the day. Kudos to everyone who sacrificed their 4th of July weekend to search.

Found: Logan Blake in Cedar Lake

Logan Blake has been found by the Cedar Rapids firefighters in Cedar Lake. He was swept into a sewer drain approximately 1.5 miles and ended up in Cedar Lake. Unfortunately he wasn’t as lucky as his friend who made the same long trip through the drain system.

About half way to Cedar Rapids we received the call Logan had been found and we weren’t needed anymore. Johnson County dive team was also searching the area.

Fortunately he was quickly recovered and Logan’s family and friends can have the closure they deserve albeit a sad outcome.

Job well done by the personnel involved.

Logan Blake of Cedar Rapids Iowa

We are on our way to Cedar Rapids Iowa to help find 17 year-old Logan Blake. The story can be read below….

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Credit to KCRG News–— The Cedar Rapids Fire Department continue to search for the 17-year-old boy who went missing after being swept into a storm sewer.

City officials have identified the missing tean as 17-year-old Logan Blake.

Rescue crews were searching Cedar Lake by boat and walking possible sewer line paths as they continued to search for the teenager.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said three teenagers – Blake, 17-year-old David Bliss and 16-year-old Jacob Spurrell – were playing Frisbee near Arthur Elementary, 2630 B Ave. NE when Blake was swept into a storm sewer. Bliss went in to try to rescue Blake and was also swept in. Spurrell flagged down a passer-by to call 911, officials said.

Bliss came out of the sewer system more than a mile away in Cedar Lake, Buelow said and then walked to St. Luke’s Hospital, he said. Although in shock, the teen did not sustain major injuries.

Bliss’ father told KCRG-TV9 the water from the pipe ripped his son’s clothes off of him. He says a transient man gave him a pair of pants to wear to the hopsital.

Crews were called to the scene at about 7:20 p.m. Monday night and spent hours walking possible paths. Using schematic drawings of the sewer system, workers were trying to determine if there were any other possible paths through the system. The search was called off at 1 a.m. Tuesday morning and resumed around 7:30 a.m.

Families of the boys were gathered at E Ave NE and Oakland Road NE as rescue workers continued to search. The families, accompanied by a chaplain, declined to comment to reporters at the scene.

Mark Blake later told Good Morning America he remains hopeful his son will be found alive,

“We have high hopes, he’s a strong kid, he’s a very athletic kid and he’s got a strong will,” Blake said. “We’ve got all the faith in the world that he’s hooked onto something, held on, waiting for the current to slow down.”
Read more at http://www.kcrg.com/subject/news/rescue-crews-searching-drains-for-missing-cedar-rapids-teen-20140630#VKEbo2VxF3VPs20D.99

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